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  • The cost of infertility

    By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse

    When faced with problems conceiving the furthest thought from your mind is money. Disappointment is most likely to be your initial feeling, followed quickly by anger, resentment and confusion. This is the emotional cost of infertility; an all-consuming state of utter despair. However after a while you pick yourself up, dust yourself down and begin to look at your options.
     
    You probably think ‘We’ll do whatever it takes to have a baby’ but inevitably the reality of your situation creeps in and tough financial considerations have to be made. Have you considered how much you would be prepared to spend in order to conceive?
     
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  • How to increase your luteal phase naturally

     By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse   While trying to conceive, it's very likely that you spend time counting the length of your luteal phase and wondering if it is long enough. You are right to be considering it, as the luteal phase is a very...
  • Maintaining your relationship when trying to conceive

    By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse

    Experiencing difficulty in trying to conceive can have a profound effect on a couple’s relationship, and this is totally unique to the individual couple. I find that most couples are totally unprepared for the emotional upheaval and turbulence that can affect their relationship. However this emotional effect isn’t always negative.
     
     

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  • Eleven fertility myths...now busted!

     By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse  You only have to spend a bit of time on a fertility forum to read conflicting advice and opinion about many aspects of fertility. How many times have you wondered whether what you are reading is fact or fiction? Here are...
  • Must know fertility facts - Part One

     By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse

     

    As the fertility Nurse Advisor for OvuSense I am delighted to have the opportunity to share with you some of my knowledge, expertise and tips on how to maximize your chances of conception and in essence give you the knowledge to help you achieve pregnancy quicker.
     
    For the first few blogs I am starting at the beginning with all the basics, the ‘must know’ facts about fertility. The ones that are crucial, the ones that really matter.
     
    Firstly, if you are reading this because you are trying to conceive, please know that you are not alone. One in six couples experience problems conceiving and, if this is you, I would urge you to seek advice sooner rather than later. There is also so much that you can be doing now to optimize your fertility.
     
     

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  • Can acupuncture improve your fertility?

     By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse   During my day to day work in the field of fertility, I hear many claims about the latest therapy that ‘will get you pregnant’. Unfortunately many of them turn out not to be true and others may have other...
  • Learning to love Mother's Day

    By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse

    For those of you living in the UK, you’ll be aware that Mothering Sunday occurs in late March. Additionally, Mother's Day in the USA is May, as it is in Canada and some parts of Europe. I suspect, when this time of year comes around, you feel a sense of dread. For many it will be yet another year when your arms feel empty and your longing for a baby to fill this empty space is intensified.
     
    However, this year, I challenge you to think differently about Mother’s Day; I want you to learn to love it for totally different reasons and I want you to turn the idea of Mother’s Day on its head. I want you to flip it, and here's how: think of this day as not just for mothers, there are many different ways you can learn to accept Mother’s Day without being a mother yet yourself.
     
     

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  • Four reasons why I NEVER recommend ovulation predictor kits (OPKs)!

    By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse

    Have you ever used ovulation predictor kits (OPK’s) to predict when you ovulate? Have you had a good or bad experience of using OPK’s? I am very sceptical of the reliability of this ovulation prediction method and as a result, I don’t recommend them to any of my patients. Here’s why……….

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  • Key fertility tips for trying to conceive

    By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse Here are a few more fertility tips you might want to consider. You may have already started to monitor and record your temperature every day and if so, this is an excellent step in the right direction to maximizing your...
  • Is your occupation affecting your fertility?

    By Kate Davies, RN, BSc(Hons), FP Cert - Fertility Nurse

    Is your work environment making it more difficult for you to conceive?

     

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    Recent studies have looked into the impact various occupations have on the ability for both men and women to conceive. It appears that your fertility can be affected by many differing occupations.
     
    Researchers at Southampton University studied data from 119,000 women who work night shifts on a regular basis. Not only did they find that these women had an increased risk of miscarriage, they also identified that women working nights found it more difficult to conceive.
    The obvious logistics of not sharing a bed at the same time as your partner may have some influence on the time it may take for a shift worker to conceive, however the study found that lack of sleep and disturbed sleep impacted the most.
     
    The physiological cycles of our bodies are regulated by the cycle of wakefulness and sleep, otherwise known as the circadian rhythm. If this cycle is out of balance our hormones can be disrupted leading to menstrual cycle disturbances and difficulties in conceiving.
     
     

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